Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Formula 1 official app for Windows 10 gets a new logo.

The Official F1 app for Windows is a definite source that brings exclusive content such as team radio transmissions, DRS usage indicator, live tire information and more. The app also provides the latest news, features and videos, post-race highlights, live leaderboard during every race, qualifying and practice session.

Today, the app was updated with general improvements and updates. The change log does not provide any details about the improvements and which features were updated. The only visible change I spotted is the new logo. I posted the old and new logo above. In case you're not a fan, the old logo is on the left.

The season 2017 just ended last Sunday with Lewis Hamilton winning his forth Grand Prix, and Sebastian Vettel finishing second. The next season will start next year on the 25th of March in Australia and promises to be exciting with Hamilton and Vettel now being even on championships won.

Who will be the 2018 champion? We’ll find out next year. Until then, download the update in Microsoft Store. Note that this update is also available on Android.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Windows 10 Preview Build 17046 adds form autofill to Microsoft Edge and more.

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Preview Build 17046 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead and the most noteworthy addition applies to Microsoft Edge which is now capable of automatically saving information such as addresses or contact when filling out a form. Microsoft Edge will prompt users to save form data when they first fill a form and the saved data will sync across the user’s devices. In addition, users can manually add or remove entries in Advanced Settings. 

Microsoft also made it easier to access apps Advance Settings with a right click on UWP apps or UWP tile in the Start menu instead of having to go in Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. To access Advanced Options, users must do a right-click and click More to find the new Settings option.

This update includes other additions and improvements. Check the Windows Blog to learn more.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UniShare for Windows updated with minor changes and bug fixes.

Like me, you probably have a presence on multiple social networks and sharing to multiple platforms can be cumbersome, but thanks to apps like UniShare, this task is made easy. UniShare for Windows lets you share anything in a few clicks. In its free form, UniShare supports sharing to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. But if you consent to paying a few bucks, you can unlock other features, making it one of my favorite apps on Windows 10. UniShare is also available on Android. It is really cool and a time saver to be able to share my blog posts to the world I just a few clicks.

Today, the Windows version of the app has been updated with the following features:

·       Some minor changes needed because of the Creators Update for Windows 10.

·       Removed Geeklist.

·       Bug fixes.

UniShare is available on the PC, Mobile, Hololens and Hub. Check it out in Microsoft store.

Nextgen Reader, a powerful RSS news reader for Windows 10 fixes a Facebook login error in latest update.

When Google announced the closure of Google Reader back in 2013, Feedly was quick to step in as a replacement and it has been my favorite news aggregator on Android and my Apple devices.  Unfortunately, Feedly, up to this day, does not have an official app for Windows and Windows Mobile. But thanks to third party developers, Windows users have a news aggregator in Nextgen Reader, a free app with in-app purchase that requires a Feedly login, which basically is a Google login. 
Today Nextgen Reader is my favorite news aggregator on my Windows devices, both mobile and desktop. So, if you’re looking for a decent news reader for Windows, Nextgen Reader is one that I strongly recommend.

Nextgen Reader was updated today, bringing the version number to, which makes it a minor update. In fact, it is a fix. The change log says that it’s a fix for a Facebook login error. Since I do not use Facebook to login to Nextgen Reader, I cannot write in detail about the error. But if you do, you’ll be glad to know that whatever issue you’re having with Facebook login is now fixed.

Wait no more and go to the Microsoft Store to download the update.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Skype for Windows 10 now lets you share audio and see images in-app.

Today Microsoft has published an update to Skype for Windows 10 adding an improvement to desktop sharing. Desktop sharing has been a thing in Skype for a while and this update makes this feature more powerful in that users will be able to also share their PCs’ audio. Users will thus be able to say, watch a movie or listen to music together no matter their location on Earth. I’m looking forward to try this feature soon. 

This update will also allow users to see images within Skype itself. Skype won’t call a photo handling app so users can view photos in another window. It’s all in one place. Logical.

The update is available for download in the Microsoft Store. However, you may not see it right away, so be patient.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Windows 10 Build 17035 lets you mute a tab in Edge with a click, quickly share files to nearby PCs and more.

Today Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 17035 for PC to the Insiders in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead. This build does not include anything major, but does come with some simple and yet very efficient improvements in some areas. One of my favorite is the ability to mute/unmute tabs playing audio in Edge.

While some from the Google side will brag about Chrome having had this feature for years, it is worth noting that I prefer Microsoft’s implementation. Where both are similar is that you can right-click on the tab to mute and unmute. Microsoft, however, made the playing media icon clickable. Meaning you can mute a tab with a click instead of two. Now, why not make the audio/video also pause/play after clicking mute/unmute?

Microsoft Edge will let you download any free EPUB book you’re reading on the web.

Near Share is another new feature Microsoft wants you to use to quickly send files, links to PCs nearby via Bluetooth. Near Share will show up as a new quick action in the Action Center. Obviously, New Share currently works with devices running build 17035. So, I’ll be able to test that between my tablets later. I just wish Microsoft would make Near Share work with Wi-Fi too.

Check out the full blog post over at Windows Blogs as there are more improvements in this build, notably in Settings and touch keyboard.
Source: Windows Blogs

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Dropbox for Windows 10 gets updated with Fluent design and more.

Unless you’re beta tester of Windows 10, you haven’t experienced Microsoft Fluent design yet. The Fluent Design System will be introduced in the Fall Creators Update to be released on October 17. Up until then, those among us courageous enough to test Windows 10 in the Fast and Slow ring are already accustomed to it and I can say it makes a whole world of a difference. I showed the new design to an Apple fan who fell in love with the Surface Pro tablet before and he immediately joined the Windows Insider program to experience it and he loves it. As of now, not many apps have been updated yet, but Dropbox did.

If you are a Dropbox user, you may want to check for an update in the Windows Store to get a peek at what the Fluent design looks like. Basically, the Fluent Design is translucent, making the background to any open window blurry. It might sound simplistic, but having an entire OS offering such an experience is beautiful and impressive. And that is exactly what the latest update to Dropbox does. Microsoft, I assume, hopes more apps will follow Dropbox in blending their apps design into the OS.

Again, the Fall Creators update will be available to the world on October 17 and you will get to experience an entire new Windows experience on your device. As for me, I’m loving it on my Chuwi SurBook and Surface Pro tablets.

Should you want to see what I’m talking about, you can either join the Windows Insider program or patiently wait for the Fall Creator Update. In the meantime, get the latest Dropbox update in Windows Store. Besides the introduction of the Fluent Design, there’s more in this update. Just check the full change log below:

·       Display your files with 3 different layouts: gallery view, list view and content view.

·       New design.

·       New features for Dropbox Business users.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview Build 16296 to Fast Ring, skipping Skip Ahead.

Microsoft released Preview Build 16296 today and as previously announced, this new build is all about stabilization before the release of Windows 10 Creators Update to the world. Two things before heading to the change log. One) this build is available to Insiders in the Fast Ring, not Skip Ahead. Two) Dona Sarkar wrote that Insiders will be unable to install new language packs on this build, but existing ones will “work just fine.”

Here’s what’s in this Build:
  • We fixed an issue where Hyper-V couldn’t create a VM on 3rd party network storage.
  • We fixed an issue where for the first few minutes after clean installing a non-English build many inbox app names might unexpectedly appear with English app names.
  • We fixed an issue where gaming apps using WebView with heavy use of HTML canvas might have unexpectedly had very low FPS in recent flights.
Now, head over to the Windows Settings and hit that update button.

Source: Windows Blog

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 16278 to Fast Ring Insiders.

Today Microsoft released Build 16278 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Those are mostly bug fixes and improvements in preparation of the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators update.

Here's what has been fixed in build 16278:
  • We fixed an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • We fixed an issue where printing from 32-bit apps running on 64-bit versions of the OS was broken when using v3 print drivers on recent builds.
  • The ability to take HDR screenshots on your PC via the Xbox app has been removed starting with this build. We plan to re-introduce this feature again in the future.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working in Microsoft Edge.
  • We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • We fixed an issue where a tab in Microsoft Edge could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge where pasting an image to from your clipboard wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • We fixed and issue where Delivery Optimization Group Policy / MDM policy for DOMinFileSizeToCache was ignored and the service defaults were used instead.
Source: Windows Blog

Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to send a web page from your Android phone to your Windows 10 PC?

In the last Windows 10 Build, Microsoft introduced a nice feature to link your Android phone to your computer and once that link is established, you will be able to send a web page from your phone to your bigger screen computer. In this article, I will show you how to set it up. This feature is currently available to Windows Insiders only for testing.

Once you've installed the latest update, proceed to Settings - you can do so in the Start Menu or through the Action  Center on the right. You will notice right away that Microsoft added a new setting called "Phone". Go ahead and click on that to begin the link process. For the time being, you can only link an Android phone, with support for iOS coming later.

Next click "Add a phone" to open the "Link your phone and PC" window where you will type in your phone number and select your country, then click the Send button.

Shortly after clicking that Send button, you will receive a SMS on your phone with a link. Opening the link takes you to Google Play Store to download the "Microsoft Apps" app. Once installed, open the app and you will see a tile addressed to Windows Insiders with a "Try it now" button. Tap to get started on your phone and go through a quick tutorial.

Hit the "Try it now" button to launch Chrome which takes you to the Surface devices website - Saw what you did there Microsoft. Tap Share in Chrome and select "Continue on PC". You will be offered two choices: "Continue now" and "Continue later". Tapping the former will immediately open the web page on your computer and the latter option will add the link in the Action Center on your computer for you to access later at your convenience. 
You will be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account at this point.  Whichever option you choose, the web site will open in Microsoft Edge browser on your PC and there is nothing wrong with that. Edge is actually better for reading than Chrome thanks to the "Reading View".

That's it. Now you have linked your Android phone to your Windows 10 computer. This is a first release of this functionality and I like it for its simplicity and I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.

Have you linked your phone to your Windows 10 PC yet? What do you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Windows Blog